NASRO executive director Mo Canady had an opportunity March 21, 2018 to refute claims that increasing the number of school resource officers will result in more student arrests, especially for behaviors that would otherwise be handled by school disciplinary procedures.
Speaking on MPR News, Mo emphasized the importance of careful SRO selection and specialized training.
“Between 1994 and 2009, juvenile arrests in this country fell by almost 50 percent. And that happened to occur within the same time frame where the numbers of SROs in this country rose pretty dramatically. We think there is some direct correlation there,” Mo said.
“The majority of the SROs that we deal with and that we talk to; they make very few arrests during the year, Mo continued. “That really becomes their goal; to not make very many arrests, and so they’re pretty good at it.”